The Illumination Query

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
A surreal romp about a dissatisfied zookeeper’s endeavour to contemplate his toxic new allies as they create an terrible situation for his unintended enemy to grapple with.
The Eclipse has a dark unknown purpose.

Ronald Carpenter finds himself helping them after he accepts their assistance.

He and Dr. Nigel Hunter get caught up in mad experiments for this company and don't know how to escape. More

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About Sarah Baethge

I live in Temple, Texas where I write and narrate audiobooks.

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Marcia Carrington reviewed on June 4, 2018

THE ILLUMINATION QUERY by Sarah Baethge is an entertaining, irreverent science fiction novella. At first glance the plot seems simplistic, but the author has created an intricate, labyrinthine chain of events which carried me along with the exploits of the characters until the satisfying conclusion. The scientific terminology was utilized in a proper, but not excessive manner, and not alienating to the reader unfamiliar with these. I also liked the subtle comic tone employed throughout which provided an appropriate contrast to the underhanded goings-on of the characters portrayed.
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kleffnotes reviewed on June 1, 2018

The Illumination Query is the first in a planned series that focuses on supernatural creatures and a strange and shady agency. Sarah Baethge creates a story that combines three voices into one piece. We are initially introduced to Joel Shine, who has collected the stories of Ronald Carpenter and Dr. Hunter. These two men are both attached to the organization known as The Eclipse and find themselves going through some unexpected changes. Ronald has been working in a zoo and with his synesthesia finds himself with a job offer. His ability to see colors based on sounds helps him in finding an escaped batch of bats, which The Eclipse has an interest in. This is an interesting introduction to a world of supernatural beings existing within the United States and Baethge presents a number of surprising elements. The two primary characters in The Illumination Query are cast in shades of grey and they go through unexpected arcs in their journey of discovery.
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Amy Shannon reviewed on June 1, 2018

A journey of sorts

I enjoyed going on this journey, following along with the records of Nigel's notebook. It's a well written story that brings the reader right along. Ronald is not the typical zookeeper, and its his narrative, and he is a very interesting character. I thought of how he perceives colors, and how he writes "Yes, I realize that the majority of people don’t hear   in color, but that feeling doesn’t mean I’m crazy, I don’t believe. There is even a word that someone else came up with to describe the phenomenon- synesthesia,   so I know it’s not just me." And this is just the beginning. I enjoyed the story and I enjoyed reading it, which are two different things, but almost the same thing as well.
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